Tips for decorating your home this festive season
Creating that magical atmosphere
With guests dropping in for drinks and nibbles over the Christmas period, you want your home to look welcoming and festive. The shops and garden centres are full of beautiful products and decorations to help you create that magical atmosphere – almost too many, which can be confusing! Therefore, we would like to share with you some of the trends that are inspiring us for Christmas 2019.
Natures winter palette
The natural look is very much on-trend this year and by incorporating pine cones, twigs and bark-like textures, your decorations will look wonderful and welcoming. To enhance nature’s winter palette we love creating luxuriant garlands to adorn the mantelpiece or entwine festively around the bannisters. In addition, we include Eucalyptus and dried citrus fruits amongst the foliage to add fragrance as well as looking fabulous!
Another tip to enhance the natural look is to incorporate wooden Christmas tree ornaments and wooden candleholders.
Of course, if you love traditional greens golds and reds – just add some pine cones and twigs to mute the brighter colours.
Flickering candles and twinkling lights
The addition of myriad candles and lights is by far quickest and easiest way to create that magical atmosphere. Long gone are the days when we had one string of fairy lights for the Christmas tree, which never worked first time! This then led to “ye olde family tradition” of testing each bulb to find the broken one!
With the introduction, a few years ago, of LED lights, reliability has improved and the price has dropped. In fact, we now buy many small battery operated lights to decorate floral arrangements, dining tables, and other items. We use larger sets of outdoor lights amongst trees and other foliage to create a magical effect!
One trend we have noticed is that cold white lights are on the decline, with warmer whites complementing the trend for warm metals.
Candles whether real or LED, are indispensable, and we use them everywhere to create that fantastical atmosphere. One final word of caution… Do keep highly fragranced candles away from eating areas, as strong perfumes can be off-putting!
shades of blue
Annually at Christmas, as well as selecting gifts for the family and planning the celebratory meal we have to make another important decision. What colour to dress the Christmas tree and festive table?
Each year a colour rises to the fore, and this year we feel that blue is in the ascendancy. There are myriad shades from sophisticate midnight to the palest ice blues, from aquamarines to ceruleans. Think of the beautiful blue tones of fir trees and eucalyptus and using blue as main or accent colours is truly a match made in heaven.
Green, red and gold may be the traditional festive colours, and will always be evident but for 2019 blue has joined the party!
Crystal and Ice
Not so much a new trend but a very beautiful and adaptable way to update your Christmas tree or table.
This is one of the easiest and most magical looks to achieve with a plethora of decorations available in the shops. For example we include sparkling crystal ornaments, glistening white and silver ribbons, baubles interspersed with natural twigs (sprayed white and silver). The addition of twinkling ice white lights creates the most enchanting fairy-tale setting.
We like to include a second colour with crystal and ice decorations. In our decorations this year at Grosvenor House, we have used teal to complement the blue/green of the Christmas tree.
Do extend your crystal and ice theme to your dining table; Scatter crystals over a starched white tablecloth to reflect the light of your candles, and put strings of led lights into pretty crystal glasses.
Don’t be afraid to go a little over the top – it’s only Christmas once a year!
indulge your senses
Christmas is a time for all the senses – a bit of a checklist here…….
Festive fragranced candles – orange, cinnamon, spices and pine
Sounds of crackling fires and traditional Christmas Music
Textured natural decorations
The joy on children’s faces when they feel their exquisitely wrapped gifts, under the tree – trying to guess their contents
Twinkling lights and candles
Mulled wine and mince pies!
Remember the festive season is a fantastic excuse to let your imagination have free rein!
And finally relax, enjoy and have a lovely Christmas………………
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